Macbook on Xp screen wont go down

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by tm21, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. tm21 macrumors newbie

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    The screen wont turn off niether set to 5min turn off or the screen saver dont come up after 5 min! What to do???


    Thanks
     
  2. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Do you mean to say: "When booted into XP, the screensaver doesn't come up, and the screen doesn't shut down. Any ideas?"

    If that is indeed your question, do you have any external USB devices attached?
     
  3. tm21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yup when I downloading some stuff on win Xp!!! Sometimes I let the macbook 3-4hours straight running but I dont want to kill the screen so early!
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    The power management settings in Windows are not very reliable. I find that even on my Dell I need to occasionally turn off and reset some of the power management settings i.e. set things to not turn off hit apply, then go back in and set it to your liking...

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  5. tm21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had a reliable managment on my old Dell xps m140.......:confused:
     
  6. ilkevinli macrumors 6502

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    This is a know issue with Windows on a Mac. The screen savers do not work either. Im sure this will be fixed in the final version. Its most likely just a driver issue. For now, check out this nice utility:

    http://ashm.officeisp.net/quackslikeaduck/default.aspx


     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    Luck. My experience with power management on Windows PCs has been dismal, but it's not entirely Microsoft's fault. Predominantly it has to do with the drivers for various pieces of hardware not being equipped for power management. Some drivers will keep the PC awake and others won't come back from sleep OK.

    The screen savers work fine for me on my iMac in XP, so it's my turn to be :confused:

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  8. tm21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I resolving my problem with the intel display setting to dimm off ! :rolleyes: Not totally OFF but better that completely ON! The icon in the taskbar light blue square you can page up & page down...:)
     
  9. MARIKAVSx macrumors newbie

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    Screensaver problem, and also unknown drivers

    I can't say I was able to follow the previous (OK, so I'm dense) so let me state my problem and see if anyone has a solution. When running XP Pro from the XP partition on my MacBook the screensaver does not come on, at all, no matter how short I set the wait period to be. I also noticed that there are unknown drivers in the Device Manager. My first reaction was to rerun the BootCamp Drivers disc, but that didn't help. They seem to be both in "unknown" and in "USB" (by necessity I'm vague - I can't bring up the the XP partition to see Device Manager as I'm on the Mac part right now.)

    It doesn't look like quackslikeaduck has anything for this(?)
    The screensaver works just fine on the Mac part.
    I do have a mouse plugged into one of the USB ports.

    1. Does anyone have a solution to the screensaver problem?
    2. Did everone else get all their drivers installed correctly, and if so, how?

    MvS

    UPDATE: Now that I've looked the problem devices are under
    a) Human Interface Devices, one of seven (7!!!) with the same name - how do I tell which it is? - called USB Human Interface Device and
    b) other devices
    There are three of them: PCI Device, Unknown device, and Unknown device. (How original! If the System doesn't know, how am I supposed to know...)
    It says right there to reinstall the driver so I thought I'd try again. Nope.
     
  10. ilkevinli macrumors 6502

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    This is a known issue with Windows on the Mac. Apple did not include any power management drivers. Thats why the screen saver doesnt work and why battery life is not a s good in Windows as it is in OS X. The program I linked to i the above post will make the screen saver work. Just make sure you put a short cut in the startup folder so it loads everytime the computer boots.


     
  11. Natsus macrumors member

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    I'm assuming you have a MB or MBP. Since you're using an external mouse, disable the trackpad. You can do this by going to control panel -> mouse

    select one of them (it's usually the first one) and then disable the driver. If you want to use the trackpad again, enable it. This only effects XP, and does nothing to the Mac side.

    I found that for whatever reason, the trackpad is causing the screensaver to never turn on. I created a shortcut for the mouse option so that I can turn it off and on at my leisure.

    Anyway, this works.
     
  12. MARIKAVSx macrumors newbie

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    Hmmm... I have a MacBook (Ultimate, not Pro.) I downloaded and installed the utility anyway but now I can't find anything to put in the startup folder. Where the h--- do I look for it? Thanks for helping!
    MvS
     
  13. MARIKAVSx macrumors newbie

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    Yes! Only, selecting the wrong one sure creates a mess. I lost wireless connectivity and the internal network was all messed up. The first instance in this case was the mouse, not the trackpad. (Why disabling the USB mouse should interfere with the network is beyond me.)
    When you created the shortcut, were you able to get beyond "mouse" and actually get to the hardware portion of the mouse control (and if so, how?) or is that just wishful thinking on my part?
    In any case, I now have the screensaver and with it, I hope, some semblance of monitor power control. Time will tell. Thank you.
    MvS
     
  14. Natsus macrumors member

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    Sorry I'm a little confused. Disabling the wrong one does not lose wireless connectivity... I've done that before, and my internet is fine =\ Maybe something else is wrong.... yeah I'm sitting here scratching my head on that one. I'm really not sure what happened.

    Here's what I found to select the right one. If you have your USB mouse plugged in before you boot up, the trackpad drivers will be the 2nd one. If you plug your USB mouse after you're in windows, then the trackpad drivers will be the 1st one. Sorry if I confused you =P

    My shortcut was just the mouse program. Sometimes later I'll write a program that'll disable the trackpad just by a click of a button or maybe even a keyboard shortcut. Infact, I'll look into that now.
     
  15. ilkevinli macrumors 6502

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    Its in the folder that was created when you installed the program. If you used the default settings during the install, it showuld be in the Quackslikeaduck folder. If you still can't find it, let me know and ill tell you the exact file name.

     
  16. MARIKAVSx macrumors newbie

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    mouse - screensaver

    1. Sure, you and me both! Everything just went haywire at the exact time I "lost" the mouse. I was able to get it all straightened out but had to redo all the network settings.

    2. That makes sense. I wouldn't have thought of it, though. I thought it had something to do with the fact that I used the mouse from the very beginning. So thanks! I'm sure that knowledge will come in handy in the future. I suppose the third one that was in there would be the memory stick I used at one time - even though the entry is mouse hardware(?) Or does it only show what's plugged in right now? In which case, gee, I don't have any other USB device plugged in...

    3. Please let me know when, and how.

    This whole mouse vs. trackpad business was a whole lot simpler, and faster, on the Mac part! As a matter of fact, I hardly spent any time at all setting up the Mac part. I'm still at it in Windows. I suppose I shouldn't complain: I got two computers in one on this one, which is why I bought it in the first place.

    MvS
     
  17. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Check it out..

    This was a real problem for me and BootCamp'd WinXPPro install bound to Active Directory for work.

    Luckily.. this util (which has nothing directly to do with screensavers/screen powerdown) TOTALLY fixed the issue.

    Input Remapper

    Ostensibly, it's for remapping keys for use on my MBP, but it did so much more than that. :)
     
  18. MARIKAVSx macrumors newbie

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    OK. Thanks. I guess what was required was a restart before I could find it. I haven't given the machine a chance to go on screensaver since I put the utility shortcut in startup, but disabling the trackpad (post by Natsus) worked.
    MvS
     
  19. prechrchet macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know if this utility just works for the Macbook Pros, or will it also work on a regular macbook?
     

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